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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2006, 10:03:02 PM »
 I love those bikes. One went up for sale here in the Northwest 2 years ago. The guy wanted 3500 for it. It needed work but I was so tempted. They have mechanical waste gates and alot of the original owners cranked up the boost and blew the motors. They came with NO manufacturers warranty. Thay ran 10 flats with just about anybody riding them and they did it on those old skinny hard rubber non radial tires. I wish the factories would get the turbo bug again and make a 2007 version of one of those old things. I've got an old 84 750 turbo that I'd post pics of if I could figure out how.
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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2006, 10:28:31 PM »
God that seat is HIDEOUS!
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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2006, 10:56:56 PM »
THERES NO SUCH THING AS A 1979 Z1R
78 HAD SMALL TANK 80 LARGER
AS WELL AS DIFF FORK OFFSET ETC
THAT ONE THERES GOT MOLLY GRAPHICS AND IS THE LATTER VERSION VS THE STOCK PAINT SCHEME AND  LOGRAM MANIFOLDS

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006, 11:11:30 PM »
PUNCH THAT FUCKER FOR THAT ABORTION HE CALLS A SEAT
AND YA DIDNT REALIZE ATP WAS DOIN EM IN 79 WHICH MAKES SENSE SINCE THEY GOT PAINT ETC.
THAT WAS ACTUALLY BILL HAHN SR.THAT OWNED ATP(BEST RECOLLECTION)

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2006, 11:36:34 PM »
Back in 91, I went up to Columbus (National Trail) Drags with a buddy of the time who rode a Kawi 1000 ZL1 Turbo.  Guy weighed about 250 but could really ride drags or twisties. The Kawi had some serious reliability problems at the drags but he went like 138mph AFTER losing the motor 2/3's of the way down!  Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself.  Can't remember the e.t.  Motor was a little bit shaky cause the boost was way up and he blew it up the night before making money street racing; we had rebuilt the thing during the night in the parking lot of the motel.  Fast in a straight line but no match for a Busa or any other modern bike in any other respect.

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2006, 12:19:56 AM »
Thought they were only made in 78...and NEVER in those colors...Worked on one way back...Fast back then.

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2006, 06:19:43 AM »
Non Turbo's Z1R's were bluish silver in 78 and black in 80.  I dunno what years the Zur Turbo's were made though... 
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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2006, 07:22:48 AM »
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/bikes/Kawasaki.htm

Make Model
 Kawasaki Z1-R Turbo
Year
 1979
Engine
 Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, Turbo charged, DOHC, 2 Valves per cylinder.
 
Capacity
 1015
Bore x Stroke 70 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio 8.0:1
Induction
 40mm Bendix carb
Ignition  /  Starting
 
Max Power
 126 hp @ 8000 rpm
Max Torque
 
Transmission  /  Drive
 5 Speed  /  chain
Front Suspension
 36mm Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension
 Dual shocks with 5-way spring preload.
Front Brakes
 2x 295mm discs
Rear Brakes
 Single 295mm disc
Front Tyre
 100/90
Rear Tyre
 120/90 V18
Dry-Weight / Wet-weight
 -  / 245 kg
Fuel Capacity
 
Consumption  average
 42 mpg
Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0
 
Standing ¼ Mile 
 11.4 sec  /  123 mph
Top Speed
 158 mph est




http://www.themotorbookstore.com/kaw90four19.html


Not sure what years they did or didn't make them but i have found some links to info...

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2006, 07:48:18 AM »
My Z1 / KZ days (and there were a lot of 'em) are long gone.  Thankfully.  Back in the late '90s I built the bike I always wanted when I was 20.  This was a street bike.  It had a Magnuson supercharger, Cal-Fab aluminum swingarm, and 3.5" wheel in back that would take a "big" 150. When I rode it for the first time, I realized how some things are best left as memories.   :|

By 2004 I sold the last of my dragbikes and got rid of all but a few last pieces.
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1990 RB Racing Turbo ZX-11
2000 MCXpress Turbo Busa
2006 ZX-14
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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2006, 08:11:51 AM »
THERES NO SUCH THING AS A 1979 Z1R
78 HAD SMALL TANK 80 LARGER
AS WELL AS DIFF FORK OFFSET ETC
THAT ONE THERES GOT MOLLY GRAPHICS AND IS THE LATTER VERSION VS THE STOCK PAINT SCHEME AND  LOGRAM MANIFOLDS

That is in correct there were 79 ZIRs they were left over 78s that were repainted black some of them you could see the blue in the gas cap well.  They were titled as 79's also!

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2006, 02:55:24 PM »
I bought this new in 1980 for 3200.00. The 80's rode alot better than the 78's, as they made some changes to the 80 model. I put the turbo on in 1984 and have ridden it like that ever since.



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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2006, 03:03:21 PM »
I bought a brand new 1978 KZ 650 when I was about 28 years younger. I loved that bike. I could usually whip a Honda 750 on it.
I remember the frame was a little weak. They got this high speed wobble that'd scare the shiat out of you. After learning that, everything was fine. Great bikes.

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2006, 07:10:43 PM »
I have had 5 different Kawasaki 750 turbos. Currently have 2 of them. Here is an old pic of the now 230hp beast.  I'll take new pics sometme this Summer.





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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2006, 11:59:02 PM »
230 hp  :shock:

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2006, 02:10:06 AM »
thats a clean moly graphics bike.....damn! 9500!

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2006, 03:26:16 AM »
Busashot, 880? Any intercooing? Did you get all of HPU's stuff. Stage 5?
RCC turbos rock!!! Rcc- Ultra plenum, case saver, Wossner- rods/pistons, APE- springs/tool steel shift shafts, Ferrara valves, valves, Boostbysmith ecu editor, AMS 1000 with CO2, Joemoto motor. Mac arm 0-6 over, BST carbon fiber rims.Someday I'm goin' fast!

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2006, 08:59:49 AM »
sorry here is a better pic. :lol:this is a old TMH bike.









ya the pic sucks but i dont have a scanner. :shock:edit!here is a scanned pic.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2006, 10:37:30 AM by zoom »
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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2006, 10:39:19 AM »
there ya go i updated the pic above.sorry the last 1 was so bad.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c192/blownzoom440/The20Bike2.jpg
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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2006, 11:26:50 AM »
THERES NO SUCH THING AS A 1979 Z1R
78 HAD SMALL TANK 80 LARGER
AS WELL AS DIFF FORK OFFSET ETC
THAT ONE THERES GOT MOLLY GRAPHICS AND IS THE LATTER VERSION VS THE STOCK PAINT SCHEME AND  LOGRAM MANIFOLDS

That is in correct there were 79 ZIRs they were left over 78s that were repainted black some of them you could see the blue in the gas cap well.  They were titled as 79's also!
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By 1978 the "King" -- a.k.a Kawasaki's legendary Z1 -- saw its prior performance supremacy eclipsed by the competition, mainly Suzuki's GS1000, Honda's CBX, and even Yamaha's XS1100. A bold stroke was needed -- and fast (pun intended). Hence the Z1RTC Turbo. Though not a true "factory" product, the Z Turbo nonetheless was the harbinger of future factory Turbo efforts to follow.

The Z1RTC was built by the Turbo Cycle Corporation (the TC in Z1RTC) utilizing American Turbo-Pak (ATP) turbocharging kits. TC Corp., headed by former Kawasaki marketing director Alan Masek, essentially bought the turbocharger units from ATP, bolted them up to existing Kawasaki Z1Rs and sold them through "select" Kawasaki dealerships, without warranty (you're on your own, kid). The kits were essentially basic Z1 kits sold over the counter, however they featured an improved (No. 370F40) Rayjay turbocharger which utilized a thicker heat shield separating the turbine and compressor housings and a new center-bearing that offered improved lubrication. The turbocharger's wastegate came pre-set to operate at 6-8 lbs. of boost, but could easily be insanely increased via an adjusting screw on the bottom of the wastegate. But since the Z1RTC's crank pins were inexplicably not welded -- a common Z1 performance modification -- your $5,000 investment wouldn't last very long if you got the urge to "boost up." And you'd undoubtedly need to run racing fuel to keep the engine from grenading.

In '78 silver-blue trim the Z1RTC was not exactly a sales success. So TCC painted the remaining warehoused Turbos jet black and added racy red/orange/yellow Molly graphics in an effort to make the bikes more appealing. The marketing ploy worked, but some of the credit had to go to the bike's growing reputation as a two-wheeled hellraiser. TCC even added an improved "spider"-type header to replace the ugly "log"-type unit and the Z1RTCs sold out quickly in '79. But the euphoria over the bike's new-found showroom success was short lived as a new law in California made it illegal for dealers to sell any motorcycles with a modified exhaust system (and a turbocharger is about as modified as you can get). So there were no Z1RTCs in 1980 and the "experiment" was dead.

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2006, 04:12:29 PM »
Busashot, 880? Any intercooing? Did you get all of HPU's stuff. Stage 5?

Actually has the 810. Stage 5 turbo re-modified by friend who does better work than who Mike used. Nothing against Mike but the person who did the work needs to learn how to pay attention to detail. Next year I will be utilizing an 880 w/major headwork, larger cams and a Stage 6 turbo(Same stock Hitachi turbo). Shooting for 250hp plus 20hp NOS setup. Should be nasty for an ole 2V small engine.

There is another guy on the 750turbo board that has utilized a Powercommander to help tune for better part throttle performance. He made nearly 240hp with 810, Stage 5. He has headwork, cams as well.

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2006, 12:06:00 PM »
 And nobody believes me when I say my 810 2nd stage will make 160hp. What a sleeper you have there.
RCC turbos rock!!! Rcc- Ultra plenum, case saver, Wossner- rods/pistons, APE- springs/tool steel shift shafts, Ferrara valves, valves, Boostbysmith ecu editor, AMS 1000 with CO2, Joemoto motor. Mac arm 0-6 over, BST carbon fiber rims.Someday I'm goin' fast!

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2006, 03:12:15 PM »
I think Jim Votter (spelling) had or has one that ran well into the eights and it was a 810 motor that had never been apart from the base gasket down. The bike was in a Cycle World UFO shootout years ago I believe.

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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2006, 03:19:36 PM »
Here was my version 79 MKII it wasnt real fast ran 9.50s but was a fun bike drove it all over the streets and was a hot rod bike


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Re: O ya old school 1979 Kawasaki : KZ 1000 R TC
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2006, 05:37:55 PM »
I think Jim Votter (spelling) had or has one that ran well into the eights and it was a 810 motor that had never been apart from the base gasket down. The bike was in a Cycle World UFO shootout years ago I believe.
I think it was Motorcyclist Tom but you are right....I remember it.
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